Six Quirky Locations to Take a Date in Houston

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4. The Beer Can House - 222 Malone Street

This well known piece of art was started by eccentric visionary John Milkovisch in 1968, and is a famous local piece of home-sized folk art. He began decorating his home with marbles and stones set into concrete, and then branched out by covering much of his house in beer cans and curtains of pull tabs. The overall effect is striking, and a testament to the spirit of individuality and weirdness that runs deeply through Houston, sure to give anyone with access to aluminum cans ideas that might frighten their Homeowners Association. The Beer Can House would make for an interesting daytime date for people who appreciate strange art. Or beer. Or both. Whatever.

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5. The Orange Show Monument - 2402 Munger Street

Created as a tribute to his favorite fruit, a postman named Jim McKissack began building the Orange Show in 1956. He continued transforming the lot in Houston's East End into a tribute to both the humble orange and to human creativity, until his death in 1980. Using found objects and common building materials, McKissack created a twisting complex of architectural features covered in mosaics that is a feast for the eyes. The Orange Show Monument always struck me as having a cheerful circus sort of vibe. It's definitely a great place to stroll around and be struck by the creativity of one person's unique artistic vision.

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6. The National Museum of Funeral History - 415 Barren Springs Drive

If you read Anne Rice novels or hang out at gothic events then you probably know about this unique museum in North Houston. But for some reason a lot of people don't know about this morbid museum in town. It's a pretty impressive one too, large and full of interesting exhibits and artifacts from the death care industry. See the casket ordered for an entire family to lay in state together! See lots of cool old hearses! It has a pretty fun gift shop too.

If you're courting a member of the Addams Family, it's a great place to wander around together. Currently there is a special exhibit featuring the history of turn of the century rural funeral homes. Turn that frown upside down!

Austin may be the Texas city that is most often associated with being "weird," but Houston has more than its share of genuinely fun and strange places to visit, and they are just the types of places to take a date to show them how truly weird you are... a celebratory warning to them, perhaps.

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Buffalo Bayou Art Park

Memorial Drive and Sabine, Houston, TX

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Adickes SculpturWorx Studio

2500 Summer St., Houston, TX

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Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

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The Orange Show

2402 Munger, Houston, TX

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National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Springs, Houston, TX

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39 comments
paddiecakes77
paddiecakes77

Very cool! Let's visit all of them 2gether, Jerry. I never heard of all those cool places, but looks fun.

Jenny Lamacraft
Jenny Lamacraft

Lawrence Fenton let's go on an adventure to the bubble

mmrowell
mmrowell

The bats at waugh avenue bridge and then House of Pies

Elizabeth Hinson Wolever
Elizabeth Hinson Wolever

Funeral museum? No no no, I went there on a field trip in high school and it was a little big depressing, not the best date for sure! Lol is this a joke:-) \U0001f640

Adolfo Nava
Adolfo Nava

I thought the bubble was for the manatee that was found in that part

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Yeah, nothing says romance like the "funeral museum." Lol

Vickie Jones
Vickie Jones

Hey now. I wanna see those things next time I am there!

Nino Brn
Nino Brn

That was a fun time. Wish we would've gone back.

Julie Moreno
Julie Moreno

Joe quirky like you, but you're too far!

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Jad Elawar

Yaa soo I rock at date spots :) Dax Navarro

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